By Correne Martin
A 9-year-old Prairie du Chien student is passionate about anti-bullying. Her belief: always take the nice path.
Mickenzie Dahl, a third grader at Bluff View Intermediate School, is actively trying to raise money, and has collected about $1,500, toward purchasing two buddy benches for the Bluff View and B.A. Kennedy Elementary School playgrounds.
A buddy bench creates a safe spot for shy classmates to signify that they want to partake in playground activities, that they’ve been bullied or that they’re upset and would like a friend. The concept is simple; a buddy bench provides a more inclusive environment within the school community.
Mickenzie’s venture started several weeks ago when her mom, Serena Lindner, noticed she had written some personal thoughts about bullying on their home computer. They said, in part: